Excitingly, the 2014 Global Leadership Conference will be held Sunday through Tuesday August 10-12, 2014 at the gorgeous JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort! (This is the same hotel at which we have held our Marrieds Retreat the last few years!) We moved the site from Orange County to Psalm Desert because the cheapest we could secure rooms in Garden Grove/Anaheim at a facility large enough to host the GLC was $149/night. This JW Marriott will give us the room nights at an amazing $109/night! One last note, LAX Airport is two hours (130 miles/209 km) from Palm Desert. The closest airport is the Palm Springs International Airport (PSP) – named one of the "Top 10 USA Most Stress Free Airports" by SmarterTravel.com! So if possible please book your flights to PSP!
The site of the 2014 Global Leadership Conference
is the breathtakingly beautiful JW Marriott
Desert Springs Resort!
Another highlight of the week is the selection of the ICCM Master’s Degree Class! 18 are scholarshipped and/or have paid the tuition of $6,000 to become Master's Degree Candidates! As well, 73 Bachelor's Degree Students are presently enrolled! Lastly, we have three in our Doctoral Degree Program! God is moving! Remember, all of the degrees have one of four tracks: Ministry, Shepherding, Administration and MERCY. We are looking to add more Master’s and Doctoral Degree Students particularly from other tracks besides Ministry.
This Sunday, we had an extraordinary All Congregational Service as well as a Career Workshop in the afternoon led by Cory Blackwell, Nick Bordieri, Michael Kirchner and Joe Willis!
Joe Willis is to be highly commended for organizing this
incredibly inspirational but practical Job Workshop
which in the world would cost hundreds
of dollars to attend!
This week, the Lord graciously added nine to our number – eight baptisms and one restoration, who was our dear brother Joe Estep! And to God be all the glory!
And now more refreshing news from around Los Angeles…
Melissa Podczerviensky of the Southland Region: "They replied, 'Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved – you and your household.' Then they spoke the Word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house. At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his household were baptized." (Acts 16:31-33) It's always a great time coming together as a family for the All Congregational Services! What makes it an even greater time is when we get to celebrate with the angels in heaven when "a sinner repents!"
After an amazing service, we witnessed not one, but two very special baptisms from the Southland Region! The first was Ana Fredricks, the (pregnant) wife of our brother Jack who was baptized earlier in the year! Anna is an awesome woman who studied the Scriptures through some difficult times. She would not be denied! Her husband Jack had the humbling honor of baptizing his wife after much prayer! The Fedricks are sure to be a "power couple" who will do incredible and "mighty" deeds in the Kingdom!
Jack welcomes his precious wife into the
Family of God with a "holy kiss!"
Next, we saw the baptism of a more mature woman, Angie! Angie is a single mom, works fulltime, and is in school! Brad Kelley, our most fruitful brother, met Angie in class recently and she came out along with her children, who are all studying the Bible! As it turns out, she even lives across the street from our newly baptized sister Markesha and our teen helper Vonte! Coincidence? I think not! To God be the glory!
In her sharing before her baptism, Angie boldly
proclaims, "I no longer exist, only
Christ lives in me!"
Thea Beach: Greetings from the Inland Empire Campus Ministry! Today, we had a wonderful addition to our RCC Family as Cheyenne was baptized into Christ! Cheyenne was met by our very bold sister Markesa, who was just baptized earlier this year! Cheyenne was part of the "Christian Club" on campus and was helping them with "Club Rush Week" when Markesa walked up and invited her to Bible Talk. It was then that Cheyenne shared with Markesa that "her club" and "our LIFE on Campus Club" believe the same things! Markesa boldly told her that we don't have the same doctrine and invited her to study the Bible!
Being a great example of "speaking the truth in love" Markesa began to study the Bible with her to make her into a disciple. Cheyenne was confronted with the hard truth that she had not received salvation as she had previously thought. She wrestled with the Scriptures and with God in prayer, and today, she was happily baptized into the body of Christ as a sold-out disciple in the Modern Day Movement of God! And to God be the glory!
Cheyenne and the fruitful IE Sisters collectively
issue their weekly challenge,
"You will be next!"
Capil Marhatta: Greetings from the sensational South Region! We are beginning to form a "good habit" of weekly baptisms! Tori is an incredible young lady who traveled a great distance (just like the Ethiopian Eunuch) to get right with God – even with heavy persecution from friends and family! She is only 18 years old and moved here a little over a week ago from North Carolina, because her dear friend Jordan kept sharing about how awesome God and His true church are! Khareece and myself put "our hands to the plow" as we covered in detail four studies with her on Saturday into the wee hours of the morning! "Our closer" Aliona counted the cost with her Sunday morning, and Tori was baptized at our All Congregational Service! To God be the glory!
In spite of severe persecution, Tori – when she turned
18 – left North Carolina and came to Los Angeles
to become a baptized disciple!
Richie McDonnell: "Heal me, Lord, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise." (Jeremiah 17:14) Greetings from beautiful Santa Barbara, known as "the American Riviera!" While the rest of the City of Angels Church was meeting in Downtown LA 100 miles away, the Santa Barbara Sector had our very first Bring Your Neighbor Day with a Chili Cook-off, where God blessed us with a record attendance to date of 40 adults with only 19 disciples! And almost everyone is set up to study the Bible this week!
After service, we enjoyed a feast of chili where our judges picked the most delicious chili as the winner: our sister – Doriene Turner was the cook! Then, to close out this momentous day, we walked down the hill of the Santa Barbara City College Campus to the beach to see Colby Taylor get baptized in the beautiful Pacific Ocean! The brothers met Colby about five months after he had overcome a life of highly addictive, hard drug and alcohol abuse. It was inspiring as Colby brought seven of his family members with him to church to witness the miracle of his baptism! Now, not only is Colby "healed" from a life of drug addiction, but he also has been truly "healed" and saved through the salvation of Jesus Christ!
The Santa Barbara Sector's BYND had a record
attendance of 40 and was highlighted
by Colby's baptism!
After all was said and done, we closed out the evening with our weekly Sunday Movie Night at our home! What a day for the Lord! Please keep praying for the disciples in the Santa Barbara Ministry, as we will all be sent out at the 2014 January Winter Workshop to form the Santa Barbara International Christian Church!
HEADLINE NEWS – USA
NEWS FLASH – Jason Dimitry of Las Vegas: "All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching MORE and MORE people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God!" (2 Corinthians 4:15) Greetings from "Saint City" where "the grace of God is reaching MORE and MORE" as the Lord has blessed us with 24 additions in the 27 weeks since the Spirit planted the Las Vegas Church!
By percentage, the Las Vegas Church is the fastest growing
congregation in the SoldOut Movement this
year as it has grown 129%!
Everyone was "fired up" at our Sunday worship because God added two more souls to His Kingdom! The first was Jazmine, a CSN student, who stood the test of intense persecution! Determined to "seek first the Kingdom," she pushed through many attacks from Satan the day before her baptism. First, her mom told her she did not want her to be baptized and to join this "new church" but to bring her new found zeal back to the "family church" she had grown up in… But Jasmine would not be deterred!
Satan's last ditch effort to keep her out of the saving waters of baptism was tragic! She found out just hours before the scheduled Counting The Cost Study, that her grandmother had just passed away in the hospital here in Las Vegas. But once again, Jazmine held to the words of Jesus, "Let the dead bury their own dead but you go proclaim the Kingdom of God." (Luke 9:60) We are praying for her family to be comforted and to seek God during this time!
Jazmine inspired the entire LV Campus Ministry
with her unstoppable zeal to be baptized!
Also baptized was Shamika, a nursing student at UNLV, who was met by my awesome wife – Sarah! Shamika has an identical twin sister named Tamika, who was so inspired by her sister’s repentance and zeal that she has decided to study the Bible every day this week! It was cool that God even gave Shamika a spiritual twin as well as a physical twin, as she was born in Christ a minute before Jazmine! To God be all the glory!
Sarah's evangelistic effectiveness as evidenced
in Shamika's conversion gives the LV Sisters
an easy to follow example!
Ron Harding of Washington DC: Greetings from the Capital of the United States! God has certainly continued to display His awesome power in the DC Church! After being sobered by studying the Scriptures on the martyrdom of Stephen and then seeing how complaining and grumbling brings the destroying angel (1 Corinthians 10:10), we were able to rejoice as we witnessed a modern day miracle as our dear sisters Ruth and Naomi Guteng – along with their newly baptized father Simon – baptized their mother Karen!
This account starts with the foundation built by Jay & Angie Hernandez converting Ruth in Hilo! Then through Ruth reaching out to Naomi in Boston, where Mandee Rohn converted Naomi! Afterward, when both of them moved to DC three months ago, we've been able to watch God transform the persecution of Simon & Karen into the doorway for an entire family's salvation! Even Simon Jr. is now studying the Bible and is on track to be our first teen baptism in our new Teen Ministry!
Beyond the miracle of transforming persecution into salvation, the Lord has even used that Karen is completely deaf to start the first Deaf Ministry in the movement! Karen's testimony about God removing the scales from her eyes was as powerful as any Sunday sermon! The sharing of the children left everyone in tears, then Karen "pleaded with many other words" for those who are religious to "save themselves from this corrupt generation" as she shared, "I grew up in a religious home my whole life but I never became a True Disciple… Let go and let God…. What I mean by that is let go of YOUR ways, let go of YOUR feelings, and let God's Word truly be the standard! There is one body, one Christ, and one faith! Satan did not win this time!" Let us never give up on saving our families, especially when they persecute us!
Karen's baptism was not only a "family affair," but
the fruit that only a unified movement
of disciples could produce!
Simon & Karen shared the key to reaching their hearts. Ruth and Naomi didn't convert them with stern challenges and doctrinal debates. They converted their family by their actions – having great quiet times in the presence of their family, crying to God in front of their family, serving with all their hearts, and humbling themselves! Simply put, they were great disciples and became even better daughters! What an upward call for us all!
Joel Parlour: I am so proud of the Syracuse Church! Last week, we began a series on King David. Today was Part 2 entitled, David The Champion! In 1 Samuel 17:4, Goliath was referred to as the Philistine Champion. In the Hebrew language "champion" means "a man of the two middles." He was the man chosen by his army to fight in a single combat which would decide the entire battle! So David was the Israelite Champion! We were inspired to see what the heart of a godly champion looks like through the account of David defeating Goliath!
This week a true champion entered God's Kingdom as Sam was baptized Wednesday at our First Principles Class! Sam is Sudanese and before coming to America he fought in many wars hoping to see freedom in his country. Now knowing the truth, he is excited to fight side by side in God's army with the saints around the world! Thanks for all your prayers as we know God has many more miracles in store!
With Sam's baptism, he becomes the seed for
planting the nation of Sudan!
Maria Franklin of Chicago: "Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord." (Romans 12:9-11) What an incredible Sunday! It is amazing to see "the Word of the Lord spread through the entire region" (Acts 13:49) as five different House Churches met throughout the Chicago area to worship today since this weekend was our Campus Retreat! Also, of special note, our dear Nana Ofosu Budu asked his lovely girlfriend Maiya Eubanks to be his wife and she gladly said yes!
Congratulations to Nana & Maiya on
Now more news from the Campus Retreat… This weekend, the Chicago ICC hosted an incredible Campus Retreat entitled, Move Mountains. It was so exciting to see how God has grown the Campus Ministry despite many being sent out over the last year as we had 62 campus students in attendance! We were so honored to have Mike & Chenelle Patterson as our guest speakers as they shared and challenged our campus students to have vision and to use their talents to win their campuses and the world!
The young ministry couples – the Millers and the
Pattersons – strengthen their bond as partners
in the gospel at Chicago's Campus Retreat!
The weekend was concluded by the baptism of our new campus brother Jesse, a student at Morton College who was met by one of our up and coming Bible Talk Leaders Umberto! Jesse is studying music and is in a Mariachi band!
God provided the perfect ending for the Chicago
Campus Retreat – Jesse's baptism!
Coltin Rohn: Greetings from Boston, the land of many "Hahvast" fields! Today God expanded our boundaries as Bill, who is from Worcester, Massachusetts, was restored to the Lord and "the church he was baptized into" back in 1988! Even though Bill attended the ICOC regularly, the lukewarmness in the church allowed him to drift away from God so much that eventually he forsook his "first love." After a year of watching the SoldOut Movement from afar, he decided to check it out in person! Since then Bill has studied the Bible, made radical decisions in repentance, and has been restored to his "first love" – Jesus Christ! Pray for all those who are studying the Bible in Worcester as God has added another "Hahvast" field to the Boston International Christian Church!
Roger gently restores Bill (left) to his
"first love" – Jesus Christ!
Mike Underhill: It is definitely thrilling to be living in San Francisco and seeing the SF Bay Church growing each week – not just numerically but spiritually! On Saturday, we had a very fun and refreshing Marrieds Breakfast which was followed by some well-needed discipling and preparation for the upcoming retreat in Southern California with the LA Church! Then today, an incredible brother was added to the fellowship when he placed membership – Chris Jones! Chris is here because he is helping take care of his sick dad in Sacramento. Pray for Chris and his family.
Ricky Challinor of Portland: Greetings from the City of Bridges!!! Today we had an incredible service! The singing was electric, and the fellowship lasted until past 1:30PM! We had nearly 200 in attendance and our contribution was just over $4,000 – which is nearly $1,000 over our weekly budget!
Today we started Part 1 of our Acts Series (Chapters 1-8) entitled, Teamwork Makes The Dream Work! For me, the highlight of today was the restoration of Josh Webb whom many know from the LA Church and the Eugene Church. He is an incredibly talented young man! Unfortunately, he begun to rely on his talents for personal gain, rather than to glorify God! Today, he shared that he finally realized, "that’s it!" with the world, because it always leaves you empty in the end!
Disciples in Portland, Eugene and Los Angeles rejoice
with the angels over Josh's restoration!
To finish out the service, we witnessed the baptism of Mailynn Wessels! She is the teen daughter of our sister Jaimie! Although Mailynn is only 13, she is well beyond her years in maturity. This is incredible as many around the world know "Mia" from when she was just a little girl back in the early days of Portland! But today as she shared, it was evident to all that she was now ready to be a true woman of God! There wasn't a single dry eye in the crowd as her mom shared in tears and then Mia! Mia gives hope to young "Kingdom Kids" all over the world and even here in Portland as there are many teen girls now set up to study because of Mia's example!
Mia's decision has inspired several other
"Kingdom Kids" to want to
Lastly, we were able to gather for Leaders Meeting and encouragingly after getting all the stats put together, we saw that we have "one for one studies" in the church! Please pray for us that we fight to bring in an incredible harvest for the Lord!
Andrew Smellie: "But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand… Keep this desire in the hearts of your people forever, and keep their hearts loyal to you." (1 Chronicles 29:14, 18) Greetings from one of the "Financial Capitals of the World" – New York City! We are excited to witness the power of God as we prepare for our 7X Missions Contribution on November 17th!
In a world of false doctrine and false preachers (Oxygen Network's Preachers of LA!), the need to raise funds in order to proclaim the truth of salvation is more challenging now than ever before! As a result, in addition to our own personal savings and family requests, the New York City disciples presently have three main sources of fundraising for Missions: 1) Our Brooklyn Bridge to Battery Tunnel Walk-a-thon (a distance of 13.4 miles) on November 2nd; 2) Our Arts, Music & Spoken Word (AMS) Showcase on November 3rd; and 3) Cupcake Bake Sales at several of the NYC Campuses! Similar events like these have raised tens of thousands of dollars in the past two years here in NYC!
The NYC Church goes to great distances to blow out
their Thanksgiving Missions Contribution!
Please pray for us to blow out our goals as we also support the development of the remnant group in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and prepare to begin a new House Church in northern New Jersey at the start of next year led by Cassel & Erica Spence! Please also pray for our Marrieds Ministry as we are inspired to celebrate the joy of marriage alongside the Syracuse Church this upcoming weekend as we imitate the LA Marrieds Retreat, entitled, Truly, Madly, Deeply! The harvest continues to be plentiful as we focus on baptizing disciples only! To God be all the glory!
As the Thessalonian Church imitated God's churches
in Judea, so the NYC Church is imitating LA!
Courtney Beas: Greetings from Eugene! It was a day of great rejoicing here in the Eugene Church as we saw Jessica Pengra share while crying many, many tears her sorrow after having left the Lord and more importantly her humble gratitude and joy that has come from being restored to her "first love!" Our God saw fit to bring Jessica back from LA to be restored in Eugene – the church she was originally baptized in as a teen! Jessica will be going to join the young and so vibrant Las Vegas Church soon so we are honored to have been able to see all the ways God worked in her life over the last couple of months before sending her off! Please keep us in your prayers!
Jessica is restored to her "first love" in the church
where she first fell in love with Jesus!
Lou Jack Martinez of Honolulu: ANOTHER BAD DAY FOR THE DEVIL IN THE ISLANDS AS "KING" SOLOMON IS BAPTIZED!!! "So the Word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly, and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith." (ACTS 6:7) Walter "Kolomona (Solomon)" Henriques is an amazing 58-year-old man with a 28-year-old heart!!! He loves sailing, singing, playing the guitar, sharing his faith and networking, whether it's on the Island of Oahu or on the Island of Guam!!!
Solomon was ecstatic to "SEEK GOD with ALL his heart!" After The WORD of God Study, he couldn't wait to become a DISCIPLE of Jesus Christ when he realized that, although he had been a sincere believer ALL of his life, he was never a true Christian!!! But when he began to Count the Cost, the revolutionary change that was about to take place in his life really began to sober him. He began to buck, and even thought I was attacking him – and all of Christendom in the US – during our last study, when what I really was doing was helping him to see how RARE making disciples and baptizing ONLY disciples is in this country and around the world!
We started Counting the Cost at 12:30PM last Tuesday and didn't get finished until 4:30PM! But the LORD our God was VICTORIOUS, and Solomon was BAPTIZED at Magic Island as the sun set in Honolulu!!! But even before he was baptized, Solomon started writing a list of people we are going to start reaching out to together on the back of his Membership Form! It was a list of over 20 people, 16 OF WHOM ARE "PASTORS" HE KNOWS PERSONALLY HERE ON THE ISLAND!!!
Solomon makes Jesus the King of
his life and is baptized!
Please pray for the harvest in Honolulu, of not only prominent people but "priests" who will become "obedient to the faith!" ONE HUNDRED FOR HAWAII!
HEADLINE NEWS – INTERNATIONAL
NEWS FLASH – Cory Blackwell, the Overseeing Evangelist of the Middle East: "In that day the remnant of Israel, the survivors of the house of Jacob, will no longer rely on him who struck them down but will truly rely on the Lord, the Holy One of Israel. A remnant will return, a remnant of Jacob will return to the Mighty God!" Brothers and sisters around the globe! Your prayers are urgently needed at this time!!! We are diligently seeking Remnant (Veteran) Disciples in all the nations of the Middle East who desire spiritual revival in the new Movement of God!
Pray that the Spirit will stir the Remnant in the
Middle East to join God's new Movement!
Many have asked, "When is the right time to take the message of Jesus Christ to a nation in need?" I say the time is always ASAP!!! We in God's new Movement know confidently that the Lord is always ready, willing and able. The question is ARE WE?
A valiant Cory Blackwell is spearheading the
evangelization of the Middle East Nations!
In recent months, the Lord has been moving in my heart and soul to initiate the groundwork to seek out and locate disciples with a heart for and especially in the Middle East. This beloved part of the world has been on my heart since I was a child as I was raised a Sunni Muslim. I have been praying daily for this, ever since I returned to the Lord at the City of Angels International Christian Church on November 28, 2010. With the amazing help of a sister who specializes in social media, I was able to create a Facebook Page for each of the 21 nations in the Middle East. "Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours." (Mark 11:24-25)
The Mobile Phone Facebook Page of the
Tehran International Christian Church
already shows "20 likes!"The Dubai
ICC shows "108 likes!"
Amazingly, we are already getting responses in the initial stages of our outreach campaign!!! I was overwhelmed by the outcries from brothers and sisters worldwide, particularly in cities where there used to be vibrant discipling churches! My heart was especially overjoyed as Remnant Disciples contacted me from two of our Middle East nations, letting me know that they need guidance, fellowship and support. They are not part of any fellowship at this time and now desire to be a part of the SoldOut Discipling Movement!
Dubai (top picture with the tallest building in the
world – the Burj) and Istanbul (bottom picture)
will be key cities for the SoldOut Movement!
Lord willing, I will travel to meet these courageous brothers and sisters, in the first quarter of 2014! My heart's desire is to let you know which nations these are, but our enemy Satan and those aligned with him are always watching, so to prevent unnecessary persecution at this early stage, I must remain silent to protect these precious souls. Now we can truly proclaim that the Middle East is being "evangelized in our day!" In the words of one of my favorite hymns taken from Psalm 122:6 – Pray for the peace of Jerusalem! The great Middle East is at War!!! Pray for the peace of Jerusalem! Pray for the house of the Lord!
The Muslims worshipping in Mecca! True disciples
must have a greater zeal for God than the
millions of the Islamic faith!
NEWS FLASH – Lola Lof: "You are the God who performs miracles; You display your power among the peoples. With your mighty arm you redeemed your people, the descendants of Jacob and Joseph." (Psalms 77:14-15) Greetings from the Kinshasa disciples of Christ in the Democratic Republic of Congo! We are very excited to see how God's Spirit is moving our hearts and how He helps us to powerfully work for the mission! Despite frequent and heavy rains, the brothers and sisters are still fired up for the advancement of God's Kingdom! This Sunday, we enjoyed 345 in attendance and we had four baptisms: Aisha, Nancy, Nadine and Elcyle!
With a very touching introduction, Lola presents
Aisha to the Kinshasa Church Family!
Also the dating couple ''Willy & Getrude'' announced their engagement! Please keep us in your daily prayers! To God be all the glory!
Michael Williamson: Greetings from London! The title of Sunday's lesson was Making Every Effort which definitely described today as the Holy Spirit added two more souls giving us our ninth baptism in eight weeks!
The first was Chris, who recently graduated from the University of Bulgaria with a degree in Communication Technology! Like many European Union citizens, immediately after graduation, he moved to London to seek employment. Our faithful brother Jamal (originally converted by "Molten Colton" who now leads the mighty Boston Church!) was the first to reach out to Chris at the only classic establishment fundamental to British culture…. a pub! It was so powerful seeing Yomi, Paris and many campus brothers loving up on Chris as they admonished him to stay in London as there is no church (yet) in Bulgaria! Chris boldly informed the leadership at our pre-service meeting, "Today I’ve prepared a speech because today I'm getting baptized!"
Built up by the London Brothers' faith, Chris
becomes "triumphant in Christ!"
Alex was our next addition through the efforts of the "Mighty East London Geezers" (old guys!) – Steve Fraiser, Ollie Greenwood, Michael Ochawa and the prophet Blaise Fuemba! Alex had to repent of sentimentality toward the Seventh Day Adventist teachings as well as Pentecostalism! After producing "fruit in keeping with repentance," Alex boldly proclaimed that he wants to be an evangelist!
The Mighty East London Geezers use their timeless
wisdom to make Alex into a sold-out disciple!
Please keep us in your prayers as the 2014 European Missions Conference is only 18 days away!
GOD ALMIGHTY REIGNS is the theme
for the 2013 EMC!
Raul Moreno: "This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. " (1 Samuel 17:46) Greetings from São Paulo! The Lord gave us an amazing service this Sunday with 121 in attendance! We also saw a play about David and Goliath portrayed by the single brothers to introduce the sermon! The play was very funny but at the same time it showed how David overcame Goliath in spite of the whole Israelite Army and Saul, the King, being paralyzed by fear! Then, I preached a 17 minute sermon on 1 Samuel 17 and three of the points that stood out about David's faith in the chapter: 1) Get Indignant And Not Down When You Face Challenges (v. 26, 32); 2) Past Victories With God Should Give You Faith In The Present Challenges (v. 34-37); 3) One Singular Victory Can Inspire Everyone To Work For God (v. 51-53).
Last but not least, Vinicius was baptized after church! Vinicius is a USP University student and he is so excited to live the Christian life as he shared about how much the cross of Jesus impacted his heart when he gave his good confession in front of the whole church! We love you with the love of the Lord!
Motivated by the cross, Vinicius joins the USP
Campus Ministry which has become one
of the most fruitful in the Movement!
Eugen Sobolov: "If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot disown Himself." (2 Timothy 2:13) God blessed the Kiev Church to witness a true miracle last Sunday! Four weeks ago, we witnessed the restoration of Aliona! She was baptized twenty years ago and was restored after long period of wandering! After her restoration, Aliona invited her friend Lena to study the Bible! What’s miraculous in this story is that Aliona and Lena first met at a church service twenty years ago! Lena was not baptized then, but our God is an awesome God – He reached out to Lena again through Aliona and this Sunday Lena was finally brought into God’s family through baptism!
Twenty years after first seeing the Kingdom, Lena
(frilled white shirt) responds to God's
grace and is baptized!
Carlos Mejia: Greetings from Santiago! This week has been nothing short of incredible for the church here in Chile! We are thrilled to announce the birth of our latest addition: A beautiful baby boy named Nathaniel Joshua Sterling to Job & Erin, our incredible MERCY Directors in Santiago who also valiantly lead Santiago's North Region!
Job & Erin with "Little Nathaniel" along with Grandpa
& Grandma Morgan visiting from Dallas!
It has also been such a blessing to host our dear sister Lynda Moreno visiting us from Sao Paulo, Brazil! Lynda is very special to us here in Santiago and we are grateful for Raul and the whole Sao Paulo Church "lending us" this "heroine in the faith!" On Saturday, Lynda was the keynote speaker for our Women's Day entitled, Las Promesas De Dios (The Promises Of God)! Lynda, and all the sisters who shared from their hearts and the Word of God, spoke to a packed house of 130 women! With 59 sister disciples in the church, it was truly a group effort as there were more than "one to one" visitors to disciples! I am truly honored and inspired to be married to my best friend Lucy, who poured out her heart to make sure this event was a success!
Best of friends and partners in the
gospel – Lynda and Lucy!
On Sunday at communion, we were all encouraged as Lynda shared so vulnerably about her life as a disciple with tears of gratitude! But no moment was so special as to outshine Zuly's baptism! The angels rejoiced once this young lady received forgiveness through her conversion from the Jewish faith to being a sold-out disciple for Jesus Christ! We are so grateful for the modern day miracles we are witnessing here in Chile! To God be the glory!
Zuly is the first fruit of the awesome
Santiago Women's Day!
Tim Kernan of Chennai: Greetings from India! This week the whole church was massively encouraged by the baptism of Amanda who is a nurse at a major hospital here in Chennai! She is now our sister in Christ and our thirteenth addition in ten weeks with eleven by baptism!
Debs and the Chennai Sisters adore their
new sister in Christ – Amanda!
Earlier in the week, the Kernan family and many of the Chennai leaders made the journey to visit our remnant group in Delhi! What a magical time we had in such an amazing city in Northern India! Firstly, thank you to the Delhi Leaders Lalit & Alveena and all the Delhi disciples for their gracious welcome at the airport singing, We Love You With The Love Of The Lord! That evening, I had the pleasure to preach on Psalm 126 to the combined Chennai and Delhi Leaderships. Special thanks to Johnson Gona for translating the message into Hindi! We were so encouraged by the Delhi disciples and their amazing hearts for God and the Movement worldwide!
The Delhi disciples greet the Kernan Family with
We Love You With The Love Of The Lord!
Tim meets Lalit – the Delhi Remnant Group
Leader – for the first time!
Early the next morning, Lianne, the kids and I – along with Pankag and Lalit & Alveena and their awesome son Able of Delhi – headed off to the city of Agra to see the Taj Mahal! We were blown away by the majestic beauty and artistry of this wonder of the world! I'm still processing everything I'm learning about this marvelous country!
"The Kernan Clan" at the Taj Mahal!
We were all back in Chennai by Saturday in order to get ready for the powerful House Church Services! For the past few months at Campus Men’s Midweek, the campus brothers have been training to preach. I randomly pick three every midweek to do one point each. This week, Vignesh and Pradeep were ready for the opportunity and preached their first Sunday morning lesson along with Roger! Each preached an amazing lesson taking one point from the book of Nehemiah! Everyone at the House Church was very excited and encouraged!
Roger is a "triple threat" Intern as he is outstanding
in preaching, singing and playing the guitar!
Last but certainly not least, we were so encouraged to receive our awesome brother Nivan today from LA! He is an incredible addition to the church here and we are so happy to have him!
Dearest Brothers and Sisters: Several have asked for a copy of the Modern Day Parable – The Orange Grove – which I shared at the beginning of my sermon on Sunday morning, so here it is! If you have not heard it, see if you can "figure it out!"
Once there was a rich man with 4,000 square miles of orange groves. (4,000 square miles is the size of LA County – huge!) Before he left on a long journey, he hired 157 very hard working servants. He said to them, "While I'm away – and before I return – watch over all the trees and harvest the entire orchard when the oranges are ripe."
Midway through the harvest, the owner received a Good News Email from one of the oldest servants. In this issue, the owner read that 112 of his servants had a tremendous harvest! But then he read that they had confined their efforts to only 5% of his land.
The 45 scattered in the remaining 95% of the orchard were overwhelmed and saddened that every day 139,000 oranges fell to the ground and rotted.
So the owner rented a giant teleprompter and "skyped" all 157 servants. In tears, the owner said, “My harvest is plentiful, yet when I return your efforts must cease. So here is my command, 'Go and hire more servants and send them into all my orange groves for the harvest is ripe!'"
"The harvest is plentiful, but the workers
are few!" (Matthew 9:37)
In the SoldOut Movement of Churches, we have 157 paid Ministers, Women Ministry Leaders, Interns, Administrators and MERCY Directors! 112 labor for the Lord in the USA, which is only 5% of the world's population – 300 million! Only 45 of our "very hard working" paid staff are serving God outside the United States! It is overwhelming to even consider that 95% of the world’s population – which is 7.2 billion lost souls – can be reached with so few workers! So, so sadly, every day outside America 139,000 die without salvation! Yet Jesus commanded the Apostles in Mark 16:15-16, "GO INTO ALL THE WORLD and preach the good news to ALL CREATION. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved but whoever does not believe will be condemned."
Just 33 years after the Apostles received Jesus' command to "go into all the world," Paul writes in 62 AD, "This is the gospel – good news – that you heard and has been proclaimed to EVERY CREATURE UNDER HEAVEN!" Through the power of God, the Apostles accomplished Jesus' dream in their generation! Therefore, even though "the evangelization of the nations in a generation" has not happened in 2,000 years, let us never forget that we have the same God, same Jesus, same Spirit, and same Scriptures that if obeyed will yield the same result – an evangelized world in our generation!
Therefore as in the parable, we must raise the funds to "hire more servants" for the Master! Pray for the SoldOut Movement's November Thanksgiving Missions Contributions all of which will go toward reaching and evangelizing the untold millions dying untold! And to God be all the glory!